North Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake – 11 days

11/DaysHanoi → Mai Chau → Phu Yen → Mu Cang Chai → Than Uyen → Sapa → Bac Ha → Hoang Su Phi → Ha Giang → Dong Van → Meo Vac → Bao Lac → Ba Be Lake → Thac Ba Lake → Hanoi

Vietnam is full of awesome tourist destinations. That’s what we often hear about this Southeast Asian country. But what should we come to see and where to start. So this is what we can offer to help you out: an 11-day motorbike tour exploring the North of Vietnam from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake. We are talking about the highlighted spots of the whole North with myriads of breathtaking sceneries, delicious food, mysteries to unveil, and the routes that you will never forget. Is that what you are looking for? If it is, then let’s find out more about the itinerary!

  • Tour Grade : Medium
  • Total Distance : 1790KM
  • Hours of Riding per day : 3-5 hours
  • Support :
  • Mixed onroad and off-road
Only From : 1639
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Our fantastic trip starts at 9:00 AM from Hanoi, and our first destination is Mai Chau valley. As soon as we get out of the hustle and bustle capital city, you can realize the dramatic change of the landscape. In front of our eyes are not vibrant streets, but vast paddy fields and quiet villages. Except for lunch, we will keep going until we reach Mai Chau.

This lovely valley is where you can witness the grandeur of nature in Vietnam, as well as the unique cultures of ethnic minorities. The humble villages of Thai people nestle in the middle of the imposing mountain ranges. Lac Village, Pom Coong Village, Mo Luong Cave, and Chieu Cave are the most famous attractions here. The way to Mai Chau won’t be too difficult, and we can show up in the valley at 5 PM to check in our homestay.


  • Distance: 170 km
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Hanoi to Mai Chau


On the second day, we will leave Mai Chau for Phu Yen in Son La. If you derive pleasure from photography, then don’t bid a farewell to Mai Chau without some pictures. Before we can have lunch in Moc Chau Plateau, we have to overcome several bumpy steep trails.

In the afternoon, we will continue our trip by crossing the Da River. Phu Yen with its beauty will soon appear to sweep away all the tiredness. We expect to get to the district at 4:30 PM. At an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, Phu Yen offers the typical enchantments of the Northwest – sublime mountain ranges covered in lush forests. Dreamlike Suoi Chieu Lake or majestic Muong Tac terraced field is the well-known spots in Phu Yen. We will spend our night in this locality.


  • Distance: 150 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Mai Chau to Phu Yen


The third day of the trip will lead us to Than Uyen via Mu Cang Chai – one of the most beautiful places in North Vietnam (and in the whole country as well). What makes Mu Cang Chai so special is the breathtaking terraced fields. Well, we all know that terraced fields are beautiful, but in this land, they are outstanding. Notably, the ripe rice season in Tu Le Village often appears on global travel magazines. Mu Cang Chai is home to Black Hmong people so we can watch their distinctive cultural features. After that, we will come to Than Uyen and stay overnight there.


  • Distance: 210 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Mu Cang Chai


Sapa is probably not a new attraction to you as it is a popular destination in Northern Vietnam. Sapa is a small town in Lao Cai province, and it possesses the rooftop of the Indochina Peninsula. We can only arrive at Sapa at noon after overcoming all the rough roads, and O Quy Ho Pass – one of the four greatest passes in the North. Along the way, we can admire numerous spectacular sceneries – towering green mountains, silvery waterfalls, colorful wildflowers, villages of ethnic minorities, etc. Of course, we will go for a walk to explore the best of the town. After dinner, let’s enter the town’s center and join some activities with local people here.


  • Distance: 110 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel/ Homestay

O Quy Ho Pass


Don’t wake up too late if you don’t want to miss the sunrise and enjoy the fresh air. After a hearty breakfast, we will mount on our motorbikes and ride to Bac Ha in Lao Cai province. Bac Ha is often likened to the White Upland of the Northwest. This is because the town is covered in white plum flowers in spring. At the weekend, we have an excellent chance to join a regular kermis where the best brocade products and mountainous delicacies can be found. The splendid landscapes on the way to Bac Ha will be a great source of motivation, yet you still need to ride with full attention. We are supposed to get to Bac Ha at around 4 PM. We will explore the town today and leave for Ha Giang tomorrow.


  • Distance: 160 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Sapa to Bac Ha


Let’s bid a farewell to romantic Bac Ha and head to Ha Giang. We are about to reach a land full of striking attractions. We can kindle the excitement in you just by listing several highlights in Ha Giang – picturesque Hoang Su Phi terraced field, mysterious Vuong Palace, renowned Dong Van Rock Plateau, dangerous Ma Pi Leng pass – another one in the four greatest passes, poetic Dong Van Old Quarter, Quan Ba Twin Mountains, etc. Also, the twisted roads here will ignite your adventurous spirit. Ha Giang is a worthwhile tourist destination – that’s undeniable. We will rest in a hotel at night in Ha Giang to recover our energy and prepare for the next challenges.


  • Distance: 190 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Vuong Palace


“New day – new place” – that’s how we enjoy our journey. And today we will together explore Dong Van – a Ha Giang’s district. One day is probably not enough for full exploration in Dong Van, but we will still exert ourselves to have the best experiences. The exclusive architecture of Vuong Palace or the unaged allure of Dong Van Old Quarter is the reason why we cannot skip Dong Van in a tour exploring Northern Vietnam. Coming to the town at 5 PM, we can have a night with unforgettable moments.


  • Distance: 150 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Dong Van


It’s going to be a pity if we leave Dong Van too soon. Therefore, let’s wake up a little earlier and meander around the town. We bet that you will be amazed as you encounter the buildings with French architecture. We will continue to ride to Bao Lac at 10 AM. One the way, we will pass by the most famous spot in Dong Van – the rock plateau with the same name. With its grandeur and scientific values, the site was recognized as a global geological park by UNESCO.

Next, we will subdue one the biggest challenge of the trip – Ma Pi Leng Pass. Despite a humble length of 20 kilometers, the pass comprises plenty of sharp curves. The terrifying slope also makes this nerve-racking pass a real dare for even experienced riders. If you are an adventure seeker, Ma Pi Leng will sate your desire. However, serene Nho Que River and breathtaking spectacles along the pass is a charm that we cannot resist. Around 4:30 PM, we can find ourselves in Bao Lac, where we will stay for tonight.


  • Distance: 160 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Nho Que River


To move from Bao Lac to Ba Be, we will follow the poetic Gam River. This means we will go through villages with friendly people who always smile at visitors. The route includes wide roads mingled with bumpy trails, so riding with full attention is not a lavish thing. You can snap some impressive pictures with a variety of backgrounds ranging from tranquil villages to winding streams.

It will be perfect if we can arrive at Ba Be Lake by 3 PM. Spreading out in front of us is one of the twenty most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world. There are dozens of magnificent attractions in this area such as An Ma Temple, Tien Pond, Goa Islet, etc. A boat trip will be all we need to enjoy the best of Ba Be Lake. We end the ninth day of the journey in a homestay in the warm greeting of Tay people.


  • Distance: 150 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Ba Be Lake


Ba Be Lake is incredible, but still, we have to say goodbye to it and continue to visit another excellent destination – Thac Ba Lake in Yen Bai province. With its unique majesty, Thac Ba is dubbed as “Ha Long Bay on a mountain”. You are about to see one of the three largest artificial lakes in Vietnam with an area of up to 20000 hectares. Once again, we take a boat trip to optimize the experience. Our journey will be more meaningful as we will visit – one of the most important historical monument complex of Vietnam in the 20th century. Tonight we will stay with a Dzao family to find out more about their cultures and customs.


  • Distance: 160 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Ba Be to Thac Ba


This is already the last day of our trip. At 8 AM, we will leave Thac Ba and come back to Hanoi city. Well, all good things must come to an end. After constant challenges of tortuous tracks, we have had experiences that will exist in perpetuity. We strongly believe that you will definitely lavish this 11-day motorbike tour exploring Northern Vietnam from Hanoi to Thac Ba.


  • Distance: 180 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Thac Ba lake to Hanoi

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided tour from Hanoi to Thac Ba Lake  

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises


(20% OFF-ROAD)




One person 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person 239 USD/day/person
Two people 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person 219 USD/day/person
Three people 159 USD/day/person 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person
From four people 149 USD/day/person 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person



(25-70% OFF-ROAD)




One person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person 249 USD/day/person
Two people 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person 229 USD/day/person
Three people 169 USD/day/person 189 USD/day/person 209 USD/day/person
From four people 159 USD/day/person 179 USD/day/person 199 USD/day/person

The tour includes

  • Well-experienced tour guides who can speak English fluently and understand customers’ needs.
  • Professional mechanics for emergency cases.
  • A photographer & video recorder for a group of more than 5
  • Recent & Well-Maintained Japanese Bikes
  • Safe & Exceptional Routes
  • Good Accommodation: Eat and sleep in the best locations. Standard hotel or homestay based on double, twins or triple shared room.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local Vietnamese food and drink in every region you visit.
  • Gasoline
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • Helmets/Gloves and Bright reflecting Jackets
  • Hotel pick up
  • Dirt on your SHOES and FACE or more
  • Videos of the tour (send 1 week after the tour)

The tour excludes:

  • Riding Long Pants (we recommend a pair of jeans)
  • Personal insurance (this at your own risk)
  • Coverage for any damages to gear or the motorcycle
  • Air ticket
  • Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Travel insurance of any kind
  • Tip, drinks, personal expense and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy


  • We provide vehicle support and driver with an extra price of 150 USD/day/ truck upon your REQUEST!
  • A single stay will cost 20 USD extra/ day
  • If tours do not depart/ end in Hanoi then surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to Hanoi is 120 USD/ bike.
  • VAT Excluded from the price, if you want VAT included, 10% of the total price will be added.


  • To secure your bookings we require a minimal of 30% deposit. Full payment will be made by cash or credit on the first day of the tour.
  • The rider is responsible for any bank charges (surcharge 3,5% if you pay by credit card )
  • If you cancel the tour before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the deposit.
  • If you cancel the tour after the departure date, you will lose 100% of the total cost/ fee of the tour for any reason.
  • A deposit of US$ 100 – 1,000 or more is required for each motorcycle for use in the guided or self-guided motorcycle tours. In case of a self-caused accident, your own participation is up to US$ 2,000 or more.

“We promise to deliver the best balance for every single DOLLAR”